Dropping and adding courses after the semester has started can result in charges to the student’s account and loss of full-time status if the student isn’t careful. Loss of full-time status can have serious consequences in regards to student stipend, tuition remission, health insurance, and visa status, if applicable. Please read the following information:
1. During the schedule change (drop/add) period students will be charged 20% of the tuition for a dropped course, if they don’t seek the help of the graduate program coordinator. The graduate program coordinator can use an electronic stamp to backdate the drop/add to the day before classes started. If a student drops the course later (after attending classes), the student may need to petition to retroactively drop the course. Check first with the graduate coordinator to determine if drop/add is still possible without a petition.
Be sure to register for a combination of courses that are equivalent to at least 24 graduate units every Fall and Spring semester to keep your full-time status as a graduate assistant! If you think you may drop a course later in the semester, be sure to sign up for sufficient graduate units so that you can maintain full-time status even without that course. See Graduate School Registration Policies.
Sign up for classes before the start of the semester! Always drop/add through the ANSC Graduate Program Office once classes have started, not through the registration website, that way the graduate program coordinator can ensure that you maintain full-time status and do not get charged for changes.
Signing up for 1 or 2 hrs of Research (ANSC799:12 units per hr and ANSC898: 18 units per hr) can boost the total number of graduate units to ensure that you meet the full-time status requirement, plus it gives you credit for your research and adds to your mentor’s FTE.
2. If you fail to complete your contract (i.e., leave before the end of the semester), then you will be charged that semester’s tuition remission. Please have a discussion with the business manager, Sandra Nola, if you have any questions about finishing and leaving before the end of the semester.